Niko Kranjkar has lashed out at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s approach to selling his players – and believes that Luka Modric should be allowed to leave this summer to join Real Madrid.
Levy earned himself a reputation as a tough negotiator after rejecting a £40 million bid for Modric from Chelsea last summer, while he also held out until the last minute for a maximum fee when selling Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United in 2008.
Now Kranjcar has hit out at Levy’s hard-line approach when it comes to selling players, and says that he finds it hard to understand his stance over Modric with a team like Real Madrid interested.
"I know that the chairman talked to him face to face last autumn. He promised Luka he would let him go, and now he's condemning him," he said.
"Levy did everything to protect the interest of the club and make a profit. He has also used lies to deceive the public, which is allowed in business, but if you were in Luka's shoes, you would probably do the same as him.
"To have an offer from Real Madrid is a once-in-a-career opportunity. I'd do anything to get to Santiago Bernabeu, playing for Real Madrid is the greatest privilege in any footballer's career, even if I prefer Barcelona. That's why I understand Luka."
Kranjcar, who recently completed a move away from White Hart Lane to Dynamo Kiev, also revealed that he was unhappy with his own dealings with Levy, and said it was wrong of the Spurs chairman to hold players against their will.
“I know from my own experience how difficult these people are and how hard it is to break out of a contract with them," he commented.
"Remember Berbatov? And it was the same with me. They held me back for two years, until my new club paid what they were asking and not a pound less.
"That is their specialty. They set unreasonably high transfer demands, but the absurd thing is they always get what they ask for.
"Dynamo Kiev is big on tradition and the fans, and though lots of people will say it's not like Tottenham, if you look at history, Dynamo Kiev is a bigger club than Spurs."